With over 60 per cent of the world's population living in cities, the networks beneath our feet - which keep the cities above moving - are more important than ever before. Yet we never truly see how these amazing feats of engineering work. Just how deep do the tunnels go? Where do the sewers, bunkers and postal trains run? And, how many tunnels are there under our streets?
Each featured city presents a 'skyline of the underground' through specially commissioned cut-away illustrations and unique cartography. Drawing on geography, cartography and historical oddities, Mark Ovenden explores what our cities look like from the bottom up.
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01 September 2020
Introduction NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA Los Angeles Made for streetcars Mexico City The city in the dried up lake Chicago The elevated city Cincinnati The subway that never happened Toronto Weatherproof shopping Montreal Bilingual basements New York City The global capital Boston Tea Party was just the start Buenos Aires Persecution and perseverance EUROPE Gibraltar The riddled rock Madrid Mazes and metros Liverpool First rail tunnels Manchester Pioneers and pipedreams London On Roman shoulders Barcelona The planned city Paris The Swiss cheese of Europe Rotterdam Holding back the sea Amsterdam Hidden under canals Marseille Tunnels made a beach Milan Crypts and pieces Oslo Opportune opening Rome Where roofs become foundations Munich From the ashes Berlin Divided and healed Budapest Thermal layers Stockholm In love with tunnels Helsinki Sheltering an entire city Moscow Secret subterrania ASIA AND OCEANIA Mumbai City of seven islands Beijing Created by hand Tokyo Meeting under a megalopolis Sydney Roads to nowhere
Mark Ovenden is a British writer and broadcaster. At the age of seven, he travelled alone ten miles on the London Underground, armed only with a map. He later gained entry to a Graphic Design course by submitting a reworking of the London tube map. His previous books are Transit Maps of the World, Great Railway Maps of the World, Metro Maps of the World, Paris Metro Style and London Underground by Design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
Reviews for Underground Cities: Mapping the tunnels, transits and networks underneath our feet
A fascinating dive into the monuments beneath our feet -- John Gapper * Financial Times *